Year 2, Book 41

41. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
I wanted to read this book because it was the common text at Loyola for the past year. I couldn’t get my hands on it until the end of the year though because all our copies were either checked out or on reserve until the end of the spring semester. It was pretty interesting. It’s considered the seminal book on city planning, and I can definitely tell why because although it is almost 50 years old most of what she said still seems entirely relevant today. Sometimes I would forget that I was reading something that was that old. Although if you’re not interested in city planning or sociological studies the book would probably be pretty boring. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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